American Kestrel

The American Kestrel is North America’s littlest falcon and also one of the most colorful of all raptors.

 

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American Kestrel

 

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American Kestrel

 

I’ve found this beauty a few times perched in one of the trees in an open, uncut grassy area in Everglades City.

 

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American Kestrel

 

American Kestrel in flight

 

The little area is an ideal hunting spot for it, and for me some nice photo opportunities.Β  Yay!

 

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American Kestrel

 

 

50 thoughts on “American Kestrel

  1. Splendid captures, Donna! I used to see these commonly years ago, but sadly, they’ve become a rare sight here. It could be the loss of pasture land, which I believe they favor.

  2. Donna these are drop dead gorgeous!! My favorites are the first two. Gorgeous colors abs lighting!

  3. We have Kestrel boxes at my Audubon, in an attempt to increase their numbers in Massachusetts. Beautiful to watch, but I have not been able to get as clear pictures as you!

    • I wish you the best on increasing your numbers! I’ve photographed them before but this was the closest I’ve ever been to one. I was so worried s/he’d fly before I got a photo, and, wow, I couldn’t believe the series of shots I took so easily. Right place right time! πŸ™‚

  4. Just beautiful! That last close shot really shows off the stunning colors of this kestrel. I used to see them a couple of times a year here but haven’t seen one in a long time, much to my dismay.

  5. We used to see a lot of kestrels hunting along the road verges in years gone by but they have become very rare these days. It was good to see these pictures.

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